Jaromir Jagr Makes NHL History as Third Greatest Scorer of All Time
Jagr holds his historic puck.
Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr made history last night, first tying, then beating Brett Hull's record to become the NHL player who has scored the third most career goals of all time.
Jagr scored both his 741st and 742nd goals during the Cats' 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Jagr, who turned 44 Monday, is the oldest active player in the NHL. He has said he wants to play to age 50. Gordie Howe played until age 52.
To become the second highest scorer of all time, Jagr has to beat Howe's record of 801 goals. Wayne Gretzky is the all-time greatest scorer with 894 goals.
Though Jagr in recent weeks has played down the milestone, he sounded elated in the locker room after last night's game, saying, "Maybe I'm going to catch Gordie and maybe Wayne Gretzky, too."
Some fans pointed out that if Jagr hadn't left the NHL to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League from 2008 - 2011, he would have likely passed 800 goals by now.
Should we watch it again? Let's!
Here is some of the fan reaction. Bow down!
I would say this apropos of nothing, but tonight was a special night: I <3 Jagr.— William Palmer (@wfnpalmer) February 21, 2016
Jagr is the definition of a fucking beauty— The Fonz (@JustinDargue) February 21, 2016
Jagr you are God— Tyler Clayton (@Tyler_Clayton) February 21, 2016
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